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Women Just Made History At The UK Election

They now represent over 30 percent of the UK's 650 constituencies and it didn't escape notice on Twitter.

09/06/2017 12:08 SAST | Updated 09/06/2017 12:11 SAST
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The Labour Party's Emily Thornberry is one of the 200+ women who have made history in the UK's latest general election.

Women are enjoying an historic moment in British politics.

On Thursday, voters in the United Kingdom elected a record number of female politicians to office. The final figure of female Members of Parliament had yet to be confirmed Friday morning ― but the tally had reached 201 by 9 a.m. local time.

Women now represent just over 30 percent of the UK's 650 constituencies, and the milestone didn't go unnoticed on Twitter:

Despite the progress, some also called for more gender equality at future elections:

At the 2015 general election, a total of 191 women won election. The tally of women in Parliament rose to 196 following subsequent by-elections.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May was among those who won reelection Thursday. But her leadership of the Conservative Party is now at risk, as she faces criticism that her campaign resulted in its loss of a parliamentary majority.

But while many celebrated the women's parliamentary achievements, others pointed out that some sections of UK politics still have a long way to go on gender equali issues.

And feminist campaigners have condemned the reelection of Conservative candidate Philip Davies in the Shipley constituency, who faced accusations last year of "talking out" a domestic violence bill in Parliament: